Primary 1 Blog (2018-19)


P1 Ball – What a ball!

Primary 1 received a letter last week from the dragon thanking them for all their hard work over this term.  The dragon suggested that they could have a ‘Celebration Ball’ with their buddies to celebrate Fairyland being rebuilt.

What a ball we had!  We played games, danced and had some food.  It was a great way to end the year.

All the best for Primary 2.  We know you will work hard.

If you go down to the Botanics today…

P1 visited the Botanical Gardens today but they did not go by themselves : they were joined by their teddies for a teddy bear picnic!

Not put off by the weather, we worked in small groups to learn about bears and something called… SWAF… Yes, you guessed it: Shelter, Water, Air and Food – the key things bears need to survive.

Next, we explored the Botanics for different evidence of SWAF and then played some games to explore our learning. We also managed to have some fun as well! Have a look…


STEM Morning in P1A (by Ezra)

We were measuring people to see if they were taller than the Three Little Pigs.

We made plans of the houses too.

STEM Morning in P1B (by Jaqueline)

We have been learning about different fairy tales in P1. This week we have learned about the Three Little Pigs.

We made houses from blocks, lollipop sticks and art straws!

A Letter From Fairyland…

P1 couldn’t understand what had happened when they came back from lunch today. They found glitter dust all over the cloakroom floor and a strange-looking box!

When they looked inside, however, they found… two maps and a letter from… a friendly dragon! The dragon has asked for our help to save his home – Fairyland – and so P1 have agreed to help.

We will read stories, draw pictures, make magical things and lots more!

Judo Tasters

Today we went to the gym hall and we learned how to do some Judo moves.

Johnny, the instructor, showed us how to do the moves safely with a partner. Johnny also told us some of the Japanese words used in Judo!

‘Reuse’ Cooperative Learning

P4 were delighted to assist P1 in reusing junk to invent musical instruments. All manner of shakers, drums, bells and pinging instruments were made in this workshop. We played along to the Cup Song to try out our instruments! We had lots of fun!

Corrie’s P1 Capers

P1 were lucky today to have a visit from Alison Page , author of Corrie’s Capers, who brought Corrie along for the trip. Corrie, a West Highland terrier, travelled all the way from the island of Arran to see P1. We listened to the story , played a game, sang songs and even did some Scottish dancing!

Building with Buddies

Earlier in the week, P1 went to the outdoors with some of the P7 buddies to do a den-building challenge. This was tricky for some of us…but we persevered  and thanks to our team work, effort and positive attitude, we managed to make the dens stand up!

SumDog Buddies!

P1s teamed up with their buddies to practise their ICT skills by playing maths games on our iPads. We are learning how to log on using our own special passwords. We will keep practising this over the next few weeks. We will be sending passwords home if your child wants to practise more at home. We hope they enjoy these activities.

RSPB Visit

Last week, P1 were lucky to have a visit from the RSPB, who told us stories about different animals in nature. We also played games in the playground and then went to explore our outdoors – searching for different kinds of objects. We had to think of words to describe each of the objects before we worked with our teams to make nature shapes and pictures. Some groups even made up stories to go with what they had made. Have a look at our work…

World of Work Week by Lennox and Grace

For world of work week we learnt lots about jobs and also we got to play football. Many people came to see us and we all thought it was so fun.

Also, Oscar’s mum came in and she was telling us about being an actor.

That was all we did for World of Work week.

Buddy Time: Inside and Out!

P1 and P7 teamed up for the first time this year to tidy up litter in Carrick Knowe’s playground. We managed to collect a whopping six bags of rubbish – yuck! Thanks to our great effort, the woods are looking a lot better.

Classes were split and whilst we were litter picking, the rest of the P1 class learned how to log in to SumDog on an iPad, with help from their P7 buddy. We hope to get together again soon to practice. Have a look at their team work skills below…

STEM Toy Challenge

At the end of last week, P1s teamed up with their buddies to design and make their own toys using junk and other materials. This was a bit of a tricky challenge but they worked well with their buddies to design cars, houses and puppets. We were trying to avoid waste and focus on using the right materials to make a design that would last. See what you think of our work…

Board Games

This week we brought in different kinds of games. We talked about how to play them and then we got a chance to actually to play with our classmates. We got a lot of different games – snakes and ladders, Monopoly Junior, jigsaws, puzzles and matching games.

It was great to share!

Batteries Not Included!

To continue our learning about different toys, we got together to look at toys which move without batteries. There were various types of toys on show: action figures, cars, Rubix cubes, dolls and many more. We talked about how the toys work and how they move . Then we got to share our moving toys with the rest of P1.

‘B’ Is For Battery…

We have been learning about electricity, batteries and how to be safe. We brought in toys from home which need batteries to work, whether it is to move, talk, light up or breathe fire! We talked about what each toy could do and then had lots of fun exploring how they work through play. The class brought in lots of different types of toys : dolls, cars, robots and even dragons!

Dr Bike To The Rescue!

P1 had a visit today from Dr Bike and we learned how to be safe with our bikes . He gave us some tips and answered lots of our questions. Last of all, the Doc tested all the tyres, breaks and chains of everyone who brought a bike in. Have a look at our work…

STEM: P1 Build A Den

As part of our STEM challenge we went into the woods and made a den for a toy animal. First we drew a design and then we went into the woods. We had to collect sticks and then construct a den that would not fall down. Most children were able to build the den with a little help.

P1 Keep Safe When Crossing The Road

We have been learning about road safety. We have been practising STOP, THINK, LOOK and LISTEN. We know it is important to keep looking and listening when crossing a road.

And here’s a blast from the TV advert past…

Scoots, Wheels and Pedals!

P1 have been learning about different toys that use ‘push’ and ‘pull’ to work. In class, we talked about different parts of the bike and how they make the bike work. We also talked about being safe and how it is important to look carefully when on scooters and bikes. Then we went into the playground to explore what we had discussed.

P7 Buddies

We have loved having our P7 Buddies this year and they have helped us with lots of different things including playground games, changing our library books and helping on the trim trail. Here are some pictures…

The Little Red Hen

We heard the story of The Little Red Hen and how she had to work hard all by herself to make bread from wheat.  We learned that wheat is ground into flour and then the flour is used to make bread. We made our own bread using  Mr Wallace’s  bread machine. We learned that you need flour,yeast and water to make it. We also got to taste some brown or white bread.

Number Bingo!

In Primary 1B we have been playing ‘Number Bingo’!

This morning, some of our P7 buddies hid some numbers around our playground area then after break we got our bingo cards and… the search began!

P1 Go Outdoors – Again!!!

We listened to the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. We collected some natural materials- sticks, leaves  and berries and made a picture of a butterfly. We worked with our talking partner to do this.

P1 Make Stick Men

Today (Thursday 30th August) P1 listened to the story ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. In the afternoon, we went into the woods to collect sticks to make our own stick people!

We had to find the right size of sticks to make the parts of the body. Have a peak at our efforts…

P1 Adventures!

What can we say about these pictures…?
In Primary 1 we learn as we play.
Happy faces means happy learners!

An Apple A Day…
…P1 Gets Fruity!

This week P1 have been on a scavenger hunt in the allotment. We searched for living things using magnifying glasses.We found creepy crawlies, flowers and falling fruit.

We are going to visit again soon to see what else might grow…

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to an exciting year. This year the Primary 1 teachers will be Mrs Henderson and Mrs Bruce in P1A and Mr Wallace in P1B. Mr Morley will be taking P1B on a Tuesday morning to allow Mr Wallace to teach French to our P6/P7 classes.

Keep checking back here as the year progresses for more updates and photos!